Snowstorms in China… what about global warming?

Snow blankets a forest in China | Image: National Geographic

Beautiful yet deadly. China’s worst snow in 50 years has already killed more than 65 people and delayed hundreds of thousands who wanted to get back for their only holiday of the year, the Lunar New Year. But it has also created beautiful scenes like the one above – evidence of the extraordinary power of nature to both kill and amaze.

The obvious question is “I thought the climate was getting hotter – why so much snow?” Climate change is a highly complex process, and ‘global warming’ can sometimes be a misleading term for this. (Click here for an interactive map of global warming effects)

One of the most noticeable effects of global warming will be more extreme weather – think of 2007: the California wildfires, the worst flooding in England since the 18th century, the water shortage in the southern US… it’s rapidly becoming clear that we ourselves will be the ones affected as the effects of climate change unfold before our eyes.

So although this individual storm in China is probably not climate change-related, events like this are likely to become far more common throughout this century. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires – even without wanting to be too much of a scaremonger, I think it’s safe to say we’re in for one wild century.

Just some of the hundreds of thousands who have been trapped by the snowstorms | Image: National Geographic

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5 Responses

  1. That’s why some call it “global weirding.”

  2. The root cause of the environmental declines we are facing throughout the world is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Once one-fourth part of the earth is destroyed (Re.6:7-8) we will move forward to the next Seal events, followed by Trumpet events, followed by Plague events. The earth is on a downhill slid; it will not recover. The first four Trumpet events will destroy an additional one-third part (Re.8:7-12).

    Patricia (ndbpsa ©) Bible Prophecy on the Web
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BibleProphecy

  3. Patricia, perhaps its just part of the Kali Yugi (age of vice and decline) from the Surya Siddhanta? Maybe the world will end when Shiva engulfs it in a ring of holy fire in a few hundred thousand years?

    Prophesy is beautiful, but our problems are real. Confrontation and action is for the greater good, pessimism and prophesy will not cure the ills of the earth.

  4. I agree with you, Sonnet. I respect that people have religious views that they believe can explain global warming and natural disasters. However, the important thing for us to do is to put words into action and act to stop the degredation of our environment. Only then can we avert disaster.

    I don’t believe it is right to simply attribute climate change to an act of God, and then use that as an excuse not to take action. We should all try as hard as we are able to help our planet.

  5. Well, I agree with Patricia. In the bible it does say that. Even though we DO take action to help our planet, Richard, its a prophesy. We can’t stop that from happening. It will eventually come to life.

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